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Christopher Hogwood - Orlando Gibbons: Keyboard Music (1975) Reissue 2006

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Christopher Hogwood - Orlando Gibbons: Keyboard Music (1975) Reissue 2006

Christopher Hogwood - Orlando Gibbons: Keyboard Music (1975) Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Renaissance | Label: Explore Records | # EXP0006 | Time: 00:53:19

This is the first CD Release featuring this recording. This recording was first released on Decca's L'Oiseau-Lyre label in 1975. The CD booklet contains notes in English, French and German. Original review: “…an excellent anthology of his keyboard works… an excellent disc by any standards.” - Gramophone Magazine

The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park - English Motets (2018)

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The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park - English Motets (2018)

The Gesualdo Six, Owain Park - English Motets (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Artwork included
Classical, Choral, Renaissance | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68256 | 01:13:06

The Gesualdo Six literally made its name with performances of Carlo Gesualdo's Tenebrae Responsories, but that's not the British vocal consort's only specialty. Each of the singers was trained in the English choral tradition, and sacred works of the 16th and 17th century are close to their hearts. This 2018 Hyperion release is a brief survey of motets by Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Thomas Tomkins, John Sheppard, Robert White, John Dunstaple, Thomas Morley, John Taverner, William Cornysh, Orlando Gibbons, and Robert Parsons, which represent the changing theological and liturgical aspects of English religion in the Renaissance. The ensemble, conducted by Owain Park, sings with evenly blended tones and an extraordinary harmonic richness, notwithstanding the assignment of one voice to a part and the exposed polyphony that sometimes creates an austere effect. Also quite noticeable are the cross-relations that add poignant dissonances to the counterpoint, as in Tallis' Loquebantur variis linguis, Taverner's Quemadmodum, Gibbons' O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not, and Parsons' Deliver me from mine enemies. This album was recorded in Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, where The Gesualdo Six gave its first performances, and the sound is enhanced by vibrant acoustics that give the group a radiant aural halo.

King's Singers - Royal Rhymes and Rounds (2012)

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King's Singers - Royal Rhymes and Rounds (2012)

King's Singers - Royal Rhymes and Rounds (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 290 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Vocal Music | Label: Signum Records | # SIGCD307 | Time: 01:05:48

Royal Rhymes and Rounds is the King's Singers' contribution to the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne in 2012. There are ballads, part songs, madrigals, rounds, and anthems written during the reigns of (and some also in honor of) Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Victoria, and Elizabeth II. The music from the times of Henry and Elizabeth I is especially strong since it was the era of a flowering of English song, which then lay relatively dormant for several centuries. The composers include such luminaries as William Cornysh, Orlando Gibbons, John Dowland, and Thomas Weelkes, as well as Henry himself, whose rousing ballad Pastime with good companie opens the album. It's in this transparent repertoire that the group sounds its absolute best. The singers' immaculate intonation, focused tone quality, and sensitive musicianship are remarkable.

Mahan Esfahani - The Passinge Mesures: Bull, Byrd, Farnaby, Gibbons, Inglot, Tomkins (2018)

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Mahan Esfahani - The Passinge Mesures: Bull, Byrd, Farnaby, Gibbons, Inglot, Tomkins (2018)

Mahan Esfahani - The Passinge Mesures: Bull, Byrd, Farnaby, Gibbons, Inglot, Tomkins (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 466 Mb | Total time: 77:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDA68249 | Recorded: 2017

This sensational recital—featuring some of the greatest keyboard music to emerge from these islands—is the perfect vehicle for Mahan Esfahani’s abundant talents. His accompanying booklet notes are an added bonus, guaranteed to inform, illuminate and provoke by turns.

Gustav Leonhardt - Fantasias, Pavans & Galliards: Music by Bull, Byrd & Gibbons (1993)

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Gustav Leonhardt - Fantasias, Pavans & Galliards: Music by Bull, Byrd & Gibbons (1993)

Gustav Leonhardt - Fantasias, Pavans & Galliards: Music by Bull, Byrd & Gibbons (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 414 Mb | Total time: 59:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips| 438 153-2 | Recorded: 1992

This disc takes us on a whistle-stop tour of English keyboard music in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The fantasy, pavan and galliard were among the most popular forms of their day. The latter two dance movements were often paired together, and sometimes linked thematically. The pavan, wrote Thomas Morley, was ‘a kind of staide musicke, ordained for grave dauncing’, while the briefer galliard serviced ‘a lighter and more stirring kinde of dauncing’. The most attractive examples here are Bull’s charming John Lumley’s Pavan and Galliard and Byrd’s Pavan ‘Ph. Tregian’ & Galliard, its regal pavan among the disc’s high spots.

Sophie Yates - Elizabethan Virginals Music (2003)

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Sophie Yates - Elizabethan Virginals Music (2003)

Sophie Yates - Elizabethan Virginals Music (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 335 Mb | Total time: 68:04 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 0699 | Recorded: 2002

Sophie Yates finds the right manner far all these works, the small and unassuming, the intricate and emotionally charged. Her sense of rhythmic flexibility is subtle. Her articulation of simultaneous musical strands - no mean feat even in the simplest of works performed on the virginal - is a delight.
–Fanfare